Senate Dems and Susan Collins Tell Americans They’re Too Stupid to Make Their Own Insurance Decisions

Democrats don’t want you to be able to buy more affordable health insurance under Obamacare, and they made that pretty clear with a recent Senate vote.

Here’s the background: Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., used a discharge petition to force a vote on a resolution that would have blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to expand access to more affordable short-term health care plans that don’t have to follow Obamacare’s onerous coverage regulations.

The Trump administration’s move to expand these plans naturally follows the fact that more and more Americans are having trouble affording health insurance under Obamacare (something even the left-leaning Vox admits), but the Republican-controlled Senate can’t scrounge up enough support from its moderate wing to repeal the law, as Republicans have campaigned on for years.

The vote failed Wednesday by only a single vote. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, joined with every Democrat to bring the final count to a 50-50 tie.

Here are some of the prevailing arguments against what Obamacare boosters like to call “junk insurance” or “junk plans”:

Wait, you mean a more affordable insurance product might not offer the same amount of coverage as the astronomically expensive ones that working Americans are having trouble paying for? You don’t say.

The irony of this debate, of course, is that nobody is being forced to buy a short-term plan under this. But heaven forbid that we’d give free Americans the option to choose one of these short-term plans over the Obamacare-compliant plans that do all the things that made Obamacare so expensive in the first place.

By contrast, until the repeal of the individual mandate in last year’s tax cuts, people were absolutely forced to buy Obamacare-compliant plans, whether they wanted to (or could even afford it) or not.

Look, there are basically two arguments to be made against the administration’s move here: The guise of consumer protection or the preservation of Obamacare’s collapsing system.

The first says that you’re too stupid to make your own health care decisions and therefore should not have the freedom to. The second says that your health care decisions might undermine a sacred cow of American health care policy that can’t stand on its own, and you therefore shouldn’t have the freedom to find another option.

Neither of those arguments are going to hold up to many hardworking voters whose health insurance premiums match or surpass their mortgage payments. (For more from the author of “Senate Dems and Susan Collins Tell Americans They’re Too Stupid to Make Their Own Insurance Decisions” please click HERE)

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The Leftist Media Keeps Doubling Down on Anti-Trump Propaganda

The agenda-driven media once again reared its ugly head during the Senate confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Despite its inability to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation, anti-Trump media advocacy will continue to pollute the nation with propaganda.

Supporting the Democrats’ effort to stop Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation, the media went overboard, pushing unsubstantiated claims of sexual assault against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Following California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s release of sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford, an overwhelming amount of network news coverage was biased against Kavanaugh.

According to a study by the Media Research Center, only 4.1 percent of the morning and evening network news coverage by ABC, CBS, and NBC included denials of the accusation by Kavanaugh during the time period between September 13 and September 24. The vast majority of the news was dedicated to the charges made by Ford and Deborah Ramirez, a former Yale University student.

The study was a broad overview of network news, excluding cable news and print coverage, and thus it only scratches the surface of the left-wing media trying to make President Trump look bad on every occasion.

The media coverage of Kavanaugh was so one-sided that former CNN bureau chief Frank Sesno criticized the media on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” for being “unrelentingly negative” and said it bolsters backers of President Trump “who have been questioning media’s bias and their ability to report strategy for a long time.”

Even in defeat, the media shows no signs of slowing down its effort to influence public opinion against President Trump. MSNBC is leading the anti-Trump advocacy. Propaganda masquerading as news will be amplified as a result of MSNBC’s decision to give more air time to Al Sharpton, host of “PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton.”

By rewarding Sharpton, MSNBC is doubling down on using left-wing radicals and President Trump critics as hosts and contributors to twist the truth. In total disregard to truth, honesty, and rational discourse, MSNBC is giving Sharpton an extra show on the weekend while also moving his time slot to 5:00 p.m. Previously, Sharpton’s “PoliticsNation” was aired on Sunday mornings at 8 a.m.

Based on past behavior, there is little doubt Sharpton will use his added TV time to promote race rhetoric and propaganda as a weapon against President Trump. In a recent appearance on MSNBC, Sharpton made an outrageous comment comparing President Trump supporters to people who would attend a lynching after going to church.

Sharpton’s remark echoed the sentiment of a piece, “The Cruelty Is the Point,” written by Adam Serwer of The Atlantic. The article asserts “the Trump era” is marked by people who enjoy cruelty as some people at the time enjoyed watching lynchings.

It seems there is no occasion where Sharpton will stop using the race card against President Trump. For example, Sharpton exploited Aretha Franklin’s funeral to slam the president.

During the eulogy, Sharpton criticized the president for not knowing what respect means, playing off one of Franklin’s biggest hit songs “Respect,” and he was outraged over a comment by President Trump that the singer worked for him as an entertainer. Sharpton added, “Aretha took orders from no one but God.”

Sharpton will have two hours a week to spew and amplify race card propaganda designed to slam President Trump and his supporters.

Sharpton is not the only weekend Trump basher on MSNBC. Joy Reid, host of “AM Joy” on Sunday mornings, consistently slams the president. She frequently advances her anti-Trump agenda by inviting some of the biggest critics of President Trump on the show, including California Rep. Maxine Waters. Reid gave Waters a platform to defend her rally speech that encouraged people to harass Trump administration officials in public.

During the segment, Reid made Waters the victim because her calls to intimidate President Trump’s team were criticized by the president, along with Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The agenda-driven media filling the news with propaganda is contributing to the nation’s political divide. President Trump has a point when he calls the fake news media an enemy of the people. (For more from the author of “The Leftist Media Keeps Doubling Down on Anti-Trump Propaganda” HERE)

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Watch: Students Offered $100 to Name Just One Time Conservatives Shut Down a Progressive Campus Speaker

On Tuesday, Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips spoke with students at the University of Georgia to see if any of them could name a single time conservatives “shut down a liberal speaker on campus” like progressives often shut down conservative speakers.

Phillips even sweetened the pot, offering a cool $100 to anyone who could provide a sufficient answer. . .

Later in the video, two students attempt to push back, arguing that progressive views are “more palatable” and “less hate-fueled.” Another student claimed that Phillips’ argument was a “red herring,” then backtracked, then couldn’t articulate why he disagreed with Phillips.

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WATCH: RNC Releases Brutal Ad Slamming Political Left

The Republican National Committee released a new ad on Thursday highlighting the political Left as “an unhinged mob” as Democratic leaders have called for incivility and used violent rhetoric in recent days.

The new campaign ad comes as the 2018 midterm elections are less than a month away and as leftist groups have caused unease around the country with their increasingly mob-like behavior. . .

“We know passions are high in this country but when you have leaders for the Democratic Party escalating that, it is going to lead to something dangerous,” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel told The Daily Wire.

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Amazon Scraps Secret AI Recruiting Tool That Showed Bias Against Women

By Reuters. Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) machine-learning specialists uncovered a big problem: their new recruiting engine did not like women.

The team had been building computer programs since 2014 to review job applicants’ resumes with the aim of mechanizing the search for top talent, five people familiar with the effort told Reuters.

Automation has been key to Amazon’s e-commerce dominance, be it inside warehouses or driving pricing decisions. The company’s experimental hiring tool used artificial intelligence to give job candidates scores ranging from one to five stars – much like shoppers rate products on Amazon, some of the people said.

“Everyone wanted this holy grail,” one of the people said. “They literally wanted it to be an engine where I’m going to give you 100 resumes, it will spit out the top five, and we’ll hire those.” (Read more from “Amazon Scraps Secret AI Recruiting Tool That Showed Bias Against Women” HERE)

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Amazon Built an AI Tool to Hire People but Had to Shut It Down Because It Was Discriminating Against Women

By Business Insider. . .A year later, however, the engineers reportedly noticed something troubling about their engine — it didn’t like women. This was apparently because the AI combed through predominantly male résumés submitted to Amazon over a 10-year period to accrue data about whom to hire.

Consequently, the AI concluded that men were preferable. It reportedly downgraded résumés containing the words “women’s” and filtered out candidates who had attended two women-only colleges.

Amazon’s engineers apparently tweaked the system to remedy these particular forms of bias but couldn’t be sure the AI wouldn’t find new ways to unfairly discriminate against candidates.

Gender bias was not the only problem, Reuters’ sources said. The computer programs also spat out candidates who were unqualified for the position.

Remedying algorithmic bias is a thorny issue, as algorithms can pick up on subconscious human bias. In 2016, ProPublica found that risk-assessment software used to forecast which criminals were most likely to reoffend exhibited racial bias against black people. Overreliance on AI for things like recruitment, credit-scoring, and parole judgments have also created issues in the past. (Read more from “Amazon Built an Ai Tool to Hire People but Had to Shut It Down Because It Was Discriminating Against Women” HERE)

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No, Global Warming Isn’t the End of the World. Here’s Why.

Environmentalist doomsayers are back again, trying to frighten Americans into radically altering the American economy, supposedly to save the earth.

This week’s Armaggedon proclamation came courtesy of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which released a much-ballyhooed report suggesting that a 2 degree Celsius change in global temperature by 2040 would result in catastrophe. The New York Times quickly amped up the panic, reporting the possibility of “a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040 — a period well within the lifetime of much of the global population.” . . .

There are just a few problems with the reporting on the IPCC report. First off, the actual headline should have been that the IPCC had revised downward its estimate of impending doom since the IPCC’s AR5 report in 2014: according to the report itself, scientists agree that the “remaining carbon budget for 1.5 degrees Celsius or 2 degrees Celsius would be larger than the estimates at the time of the AR5.”

Then there’s the question of how much damage will actually be done. While the report states with high confidence that more environmental damage will occur at 2 degrees Celsius than 1.5 degrees Celsius, the report is far less confident about the specific damage that will occur by 2040. And the predicted damage isn’t actually catastrophic. Species loss and coral reef bleaching are certainly bad things. But there’s no actual prediction of mass death or hellfire.

So, here’s the real question: even if you believe that environmental consequences from climate change are worth worrying about, we have to determine when intervention is worse than non-intervention. After all, the IPCC is calling for a radical revision of the capitalist system – a system that has raised half the world’s population from abject poverty in the last three decades. One half of the world population is now middle class or richer. That’s thanks to capitalist economics. (Read more from “No, Global Warming Isn’t the End of the World. Here’s Why.” HERE)

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Democrats’ Arizona Senate Nominee Caught on Tape Bashing…Arizona

The GOP has sought to highlight Democrat Kyrsten Sinema’s past radicalism — she protested the Afghanistan war in a pink tutu, and her organization portrayed American soldiers as murderous skeletons inflicting “US terror” — as well as her biographical…shall we say, enhancements. But in a blue-tinted year, with Democrats highly motivated, Sinema has held onto a modest lead. It will be fascinating to see whether she will maintain that lead post-Kavanaugh, and after this clip makes its way into the bloodstream, via news coverage and inevitable attack ads:

The “crazy” lines aren’t helpful, especially when she attributes her state’s supposed insanity to one factor: “They’re called Republicans,” eliciting laughter and applause from a leftist crowd. Remember, she’s trying to run as a moderate, cross-partisan uniter. Part of her potential victory coalition must include a chunk of Republican voters. But the most brutal line is this one, delivered in an out-of-state speech to liberal activists:

“I want to talk to you about some of the things that I think that you can do to stop your state from becoming Arizona.”

Sinema is asking Arizonans to elect her to represent them. She thinks they’re crazy people and that other states should go out of their way to avoid being like her own constituents. And this speech was delivered well after she undertook her ideological makeover project. If Arizona Republican and right-leaning voters are ever going to coalesce around McSally, the Kavanaugh fight should be a clarifying catalyst; both Arizona Senators cast crucial confirmation votes. And now, here’s the Democrat in the race insulting both them specifically, and their state generally. Talk about motivating factors. Bigger picture, if Republicans can lock down either Arizona or Nevada — the two states in which Democrats have the best shot at Senate gains — it’s game over. The GOP will retain control of the upper chamber.

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NBC Tried to Find Young People Motivated to Vote…Things Turned out Poorly

The Democrats are fired up, they say. I’m sure they are—they’ve been fired up since January 2017. The vicious Supreme Court fight is over. Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed. The GOP won, though the Left thinks he’s a gang rapist, despite those allegations, which thrust the confirmation process into chaos, lacked evidence or corroborating witnesses. It was a circus—and showed how far the Left is willing to go to win.

We had to remain firm, and we did. The Left was willing to pervert the presumption of innocence, due process, and the FBI to get what they want. They partially got that; the Senate delayed the vote for a week until the bureau could investigate the claims and came back with the same conclusion. Democrats weren’t satisfied—no shocker there—because they have this nutty belief that women are incapable of lying, misidentifying, or misremembering events.

Regardless, we won, and the Democrats lost, which made the Kavanaugh win all the more delicious. So, are Democrats fired up? Well, for key voting blocs that need to show up to boot Republicans in competitive races, no one seems to give a crap. NBC News ventured into deep-blue California, where Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) in the state’s 45th congressional district could be in trouble if a surge in minority and young voters occurs.

Reporter Jacob Soboroff tried to find young voters who are motivated to vote this November—and found one person. One girl said that she should vote, but that Democrats shouldn’t rely on her to be at the polls on Election Day.

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White House Arranges Deal for Release of American Pastor

The White House expects North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson to be released by the Turkish government and returned to the U.S. in the coming days, two years after he was detained, according to two senior administration officials and another person briefed on the matter.

Under an agreement senior Trump administration officials recently reached with Turkey, Brunson is supposed to be released after certain charges against him are dropped at his next court hearing, currently scheduled for Friday, the senior administration officials and a person briefed on the matter said.

The details of the deal are unclear, but those familiar with the discussions said it includes a commitment by the U.S. to ease economic pressure on Turkey.

The Trump administration, however, isn’t fully confident that Turkey will follow through with the Brunson agreement because Ankara was close to a commitment to release him several months ago but did not, one senior administration official said. . .

The Turkish government has accused Brunson of helping terrorist groups, charges he has denied. The Trump administration has aggressively pushed for his release, saying he was wrongfully detained. In July, Turkey released Brunson from prison and moved him to house arrest. He faces a possible sentence of up to 35 years in prison if convicted. (Read more from “White House Arranges Deal for Release of American Pastor” HERE)

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Obama Had a Secret Plan in Case Trump Didn’t Accept 2016 Election Results

By Daily Wire. Former President Barack Obama had a secret plan in place for what his administration would do if then-candidate Donald Trump lost the 2016 election to Hillary Clinton and refused to accept the results.

Trump warned on the campaign trail that the election could be “rigged,” a notion that Obama scoffed at, saying, there’s “no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections.” . . .

“The Obama White House plan, according to interviews with Rhodes and Jen Psaki, Obama’s communications director, called for congressional Republicans, former presidents, and former Cabinet-level officials including Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, to try and forestall a political crisis by validating the election result,” the Intelligencer reported. “In the event that Trump tried to dispute a Clinton victory, they would affirm the result as well as the conclusions reached by the U.S. intelligence community that Russian interference in the election sought to favor Trump, and not Clinton.” (Read more from “Obama Had A Secret Plan in Case Trump Didn’t Accept 2016 Election Results” HERE)

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Obama’s Trump Plan Revealed

By The Intelligencer. The existence of the postelection plan has not been previously reported. A July 2017 op-ed by Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, refers to Obama directing his staff to “prepare possible responses” to claims of Russian interference in the election.

Psaki said the plan was one of a larger set of “red-teaming” conversations to address how the White House should respond to postelection scenarios that did not have any historical precedent. “There was recognition that we had a Democratic president who was quite popular but also divisive for a portion of the population,” she said. “For them, just having him say the election was legitimate was not going to be enough. We didn’t spend a lot of time theorizing about the worst thing that could happen — this isn’t a science-fiction movie. It was more about the country being incredibly divided and Trump’s supporters being angry. Would there be protesting? I don’t want to say violence, because we didn’t talk about that as I recall.”

Trump’s blurring of the lines between the illegal, the unfair, and the merely unfavorable has continued with his rhetoric around the ongoing probe into his campaign, which he has called a “hoax,” “one of the great scandals in the history of our country,” and “truly a cancer in our country.” He has described Robert Mueller’s investigation as “illegal” and a “Witch Hunt … in search of a crime … not allowed under the LAW!” (Read more from “Obama’s Trump Plan Revealed” HERE)

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